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National Math Council Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards in Mathematics Education

Reston, Va., May 15, 2013—The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recently named Carol E. Malloy and James M. Rubillo as winners of Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Lifetime Achievement Awards for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education. This award honors those who over a lifetime have contributed significantly to mathematics education through their leadership, teaching, and service at the national level. Since the award’s inception in 1994, MET has honored 45 individuals. The list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the mathematics education world.

Carol E. Malloy of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been a voice and a leader in mathematics education throughout her groundbreaking career. For more than four decades, the mathematics education community has felt her strong presence as a role model and an exemplar of the power of sincerity, grace, persistence, and action.

In 2008, Malloy was selected to present the first annual Iris Carl M. Equity Address. Her talk, “Celebrating the Legacy of Iris Carl through Our Practice,” was a highlight of the NCTM Annual Meeting that year. Throughout her career, Malloy has worked to address the inequities that African American, Latino, and Native American students face in learning mathematics.

Malloy has served on the NCTM Board of Directors, edited NCTM Yearbooks, reviewed journal manuscripts, written journal articles, served on committees, given countless presentations, and been elected president of the Benjamin Banneker Association, an NCTM Affiliate. Her countless contributions to NCTM publications are noteworthy and include serving on the writing team for the landmark publication Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

In 2010, Malloy was awarded the first annual UNC–Chapel Hill School of Education Black Alumni Impact Award. Malloy is currently serving as a lead author for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill K–12 school mathematics programs.

James M. Rubillo of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, has been an inspirational leader, communicator, and advocate for mathematics education for more than 45 years. He has made numerous contributions to the mathematics education community, with a special emphasis on technology and teaching mathematics at the community college and high school levels.

A leader in the revolutionary “problem solving as a basic skill” movement, Rubillo participated in developing NCTM’s An Agenda for Action, released in 1980. This seminal publication, the first to focus on problem solving as a basic skill, changed the direction of mathematics education in the United States.

Rubillo’s vision for improving instruction extended to the use of technology to reach more educators through such initiatives as Math in the Media and Math Matters. In addition, Rubillo connected NCTM with what has now become its Illuminations initiative—one of the Council’s most valued projects.

Rubillo had a rich career in math education before leading NCTM as executive director from 2001 to 2009. He began his career as a mathematics teacher and department chair at Cheltenham Township Senior High School in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. For 30 years, he served Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Rubillo is currently professor emeritus at the college. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from West Chester University in 2004, and in 2008 the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics presented him with NCSM’s Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our nation’s students.

Media contact: Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager, twithrow@nctm.org, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189.

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